Catherine is here today with Kerry Tucker. After spending nearly five years in Victoria’s maximum-security prison for women, Kerry was released with her Master of Arts and was successful in completing her Doctorate in 2014 which is an extensive research and multi-publication of the study of women in prison as a community, from the perspective of a participant and observer.
Whilst incarcerated she was the lead Peer Educator which involved liaising, negotiating and advocating for and on behalf of every woman prisoner for the term of her sentence.
She was sole representative for the community of women in appearing with them in Governor Courts, Magistrate and County Court Pleas, Parole Board submissions and DHS negotiations. She was granted her own office in prison where she represented over 4,000 in hearings.
For the last six months of her sentence, Kerry worked by day at a law firm and returning to the prison at night. Kerry continues in this role since being released and advocates for post-release women in the community.
Kerry was the inspiration behind ‘Wentworth’ and in January 2012 Kerry was appointed Story and Prison Authenticity Consultant to FremantleMedia to consult on the newly announced re-make on Foxtel of the hugely successful cult-television series ‘Prisoner – Wentworth‘ that premiered in May 2013.
Foxtel recently purchased her ABC Australian Story episode and aired it throughout 47 countries in Asia as part of the ‘Best of Australian Stories 2010’.
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